Keynote speaker addresses troubled veterans’ appeals process

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Laura Eskenazi, J.D. '92, the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training. Laura Eskenazi, J.D. ’92, the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training, held at UB on June 3.

Laura Eskenazi, J.D. ’92, the executive in charge and vice chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, gave the keynote address Friday, June 3 at the Eighth Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training at the University of Baltimore.

Designed for lawyers, law students, veterans, policymakers and other service professionals, the conference provided a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing veterans. The event also included basic and advanced trainings for lawyers interested in representing veterans in claims for service-connected disability benefits, as well as training for veterans interested in serving as mentors for the Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Docket. (See earlier post.)

Eskenazi acknowledged that the notoriously cumbersome veterans’ appeals process was in “dire need” of reform.

“Our leadership…

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